Nissan’s iconic Z-car is underway. The next-generation called “Nissan 400Z” will apparently debut in early 2021.
If to follow already available data, the upcoming model looks much sleeker than the current 370Z. It will have a smoother and more sloped rear, a longer hood and a shorter wheelbase.
Rounded headlights replace the angular ones. The grille is more prominent. The 400Z’s highlights are new ‘Z’ and ‘Nissan’ badges previewed by recent patent filings.
The Infiniti Q60’ twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 will power the new Nissan Z model. As rumored, this mill makes 400 hp (298 kW) as standard on the 400Z, and 480 hp (358 kW) in a Nismo flavor.
The estimated EPA rate for fuel economy could be 24 mpg (combined) for the new Z.
The carmaker will likely stick to rear-wheel drive for the car, while transmission choices will include a second-speed automatic and supposedly an optional six-speed manual.
Inside, the Nissan 400Z will remain a two-seat coupe. We believe the cabin will be more advanced compared with the 370Z it replaces. The outgoing model’s interior is too dated and lacks many standard options which are normal for modern cars.
We hope to see leather upholstery, power-adjustable seats, a dual-zone automatic climate control, as well as an 8.0-inch or larger touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the newest NissanConnect, optional navigation and Bose audio system.
The 400Z will likely receive Nissan’s latest driver-assistance suite, including standard AEB with pedestrian detection, Lane Keep Assist, adaptive cruise control.
Rivals: Toyota Supra, BMW Z4, Audi TT.
Expect the 2021 Nissan 400Z will cost between $45,000-$53,000 depending on a trim level.
Picture: Motor1’s rendering of the 2021 Nissan 400Z